vrijdag 18 maart 2022

WTO: WTO Gender Research Hub thinks up ways to address gender gaps in trade finance

WTO Gender Research Hub thinks up ways to address gender gaps in trade finance
Research findings on trade finance are aligned with experiences of women entrepreneurs, according to insights shared during the first Think Up! session of the WTO Gender Research Hub. The event held on 9 March brought together trade finance researchers and civil society representatives to explore...
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DDG González: The WTO's work on trade facilitation benefits small businesses
Deputy Director-General Anabel González joined Robert Skidmore, host of the Trade Splaining podcast, on 10 March to discuss the participation of small businesses in trade, the role of the WTO during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to equip the WTO for the future.
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DG Okonjo-Iweala expresses sorrow with "unjustified, unnecessary war" in Ukraine
Speaking at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva on 11 March, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emphasized that the WTO is an organization of the rule of law and violations of the rule of law stress the multilateral system immeasurably. "It's also very painful...
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Members share experiences on e-commerce, talk LDC services waiver and services commitments
WTO members shared experiences in the digital sphere and discussed operationalizing the services waiver for least-developed countries (LDCs) at a meeting of the Council for Trade in Services on 11 March. They agreed to review exemptions to the WTO non-discrimination principle and also raised...
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DDG Zhang: trade for peace, one of the raisons d'être of the multilateral trading system
The trade for peace agenda was taken for granted for years and it took a group of fragile and conflict affected countries to recall that trade can and should play a role in promoting peace and stability, said Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang on 15 March. Speaking at the World Bank Fragility...
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2022 Public Forum to focus on theme of sustainable and inclusive recovery
The WTO's 2022 Public Forum, to be held from 27 to 30 September, will look at how trade can contribute to post-pandemic economic recovery. The Forum will examine in particular how trade rules can be strengthened, and government policies improved, to create a more resilient, sustainable and...
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Standards committee advances transparency, discusses accreditation and digital issues
At meetings of the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) on 8-11 March, WTO members discussed accreditation and digital solutions for product certification and set up a new working group on transparency. The committee also addressed 80 specific TBT-related trade concerns raised by...
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Agriculture Committee's 100th session discusses food security, farm policies, Nairobi Decision
At the 100th session of the Committee on Agriculture on 15-16 March, members examined multiple farm trade policies, updated information on the impact of COVID-19 on agri-food trade and adopted the report of the triennial review of the Nairobi Decision on export competition. While continuing to...
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WTO DG Okonjo-Iweala welcomes breakthrough on COVID-19 vaccine waiver
World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala today warmly welcomed the breakthrough among four WTO Members on a waiver of the Trade Related Intellectual Property agreement for the production of vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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DDG González: the trading system, a crucial ally in the fight against the pandemic
Trade policy is health policy, and WTO members have a unique responsibility to leverage the full force of trade to achieve better health outcomes around the world, according to Deputy Director-General Anabel González. In an article published on 17 March in Think Global Health Trade, a...
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